February 25, 2007
Starring in The Really Big Show- TODAY!


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I just spent 3 days grouting The Coolerator which I was supposed to deliver today but which I cannot deliver till Monday because it had hissy fits all week and delayed its own finishing. It is 4 AM (ish) and I just put the first of 2 final coats of sealant on it and have to wait an hour before I can put the final coat on and go to bed. And yet there is still the base to be mounted and the neon to be installed and all that loveliness yet to arise.

Between lovingly sponging the final groutings and waiting to get to this point, I worked on the newsletter. I wanted to get it out early because Monday I am delivering it to Springfield College after test appointments (I am having my brain switched with that of a monkey) and because I wanted to remind you all that our Amy Johnquest is hosting the Really Big Show today (Sunday) at 2 pm at The Academy of Music.

So, everyone should get there early to get a seat and please wear only underwear so she won't be nervous. I hear there are many surprises in store. I am sure there is 1 ticket available for every 100 people who want to go so you best rush right down and get yours on the early side. And I also hear she will be at Packard's after the show if you want to bring cameras and notepads to get pics and autographs.


Pictured: See The Coolerator. See how it mocks me; door akimbo, baseless, neonless, so insouciant , yet so incomplete.

Oh, and if your post doesn't have an image yet you sent one: If you embed or attach an image with a file name other than your exact event name, I have to go searching through the embed and attach folders in my program folder to find it as it is not automatically attached to the email. If it is has the artist name I have to read all the emails in my newsletter folder and match them up It gets confusing. I apologize if I lost stuff. Any minute now I am going to have an automatic form submission applet which will attach images to emails. But for now please name your image like, "yourgalleryname_march3" so I can match them up. I try. But I don't have student interns so I do the best I can and it gets confusing and I need sleep. Thanks. This is free.

P.S. Edouard Vuillard had an imaginary friend he called, "Mr. Nobody-at-all".

Tom Morton and Dorothy Osterman at Gallery A3 March 1 to March 31
Opening reception is on March 1 from 5-8 in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk
0226_a3.jpg “Color Fields,” Tom Morton and Dorothy Osterman

Tom Morton and Dorothy Osterman exhibit hangings, wall pieces and video in “Color Fields,” a two-person show at Gallery A3.

Tom Morton is showing collages of papers and objects on board as well as translucent and transparent mixed-media collages done with wax on plexiglass. His video work, showing color studies and dance sequences by Dorothy Osterman and Alicia Morton, will play continuously during the exhibition.

Dorothy Osterman says, "For the past forty years I have been living and painting in Conway. Here I am surrounded by nature. The land, sky and water, together with my early impressions, unconsciously find their way into my paintings. My work is abstract. I love color, movement, space and find joy in pushing paint."

The exhibition runs from March 1 to March 31
Opening reception is on March 1 from 5-8 in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk An informal talk, “Conversation with Artists,” is March 22 at 7:30

Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst | Hours W-Su, 12-6 pm. | 413-256-4250.

Pictured: “Looking Out,” gouache on paper by Dorothy Osterman.

Featuring the work of Cynthia Consentino, Sally Curcio and
0226_bunnies.jpg BUNNIES, BOTTLE CAPS, BEES

Featuring the work of Cynthia Consentino, Sally Curcio and Holly S. Murray

Gallery 137 | 137 Main St, Indian Orchard, MA 01151 | Phone: 413-543-6994

Reception: Saturday March 3 from 3-5pm On Display: Feb 17 - March 10 Gallery Hours: Thur and Saturday 11-3

Proceeds to Benefit The Cancer Connection & Franklin County Hospice
0226_dance.jpg DANCE ! Away the Winter Blues with Socks, Bare Feet, (but not your Shoes) — Wild Socks, Painted Toes, Decorated Feet, Whether Big or Petite, Welcome !

Join us for a night of libations,munchies, and dancing

Advance Tickets $15/person

Proceeds to Benefit The Cancer Connection & Franklin County Hospice

When? Sat. March 3,2007
Time ? 8PM til Midnight
Where? Smart Moves Studio in the Arts & industry Building in Florence

Directions from center of Northampton: Follow Route 9 past the High School and the Hospital to the center of Florence.
Left turn onto Maple Street ( 2nd traffic light, Mobil Station on the left and Post Office on the right).
Right turn on Pine Street (one long block after you turn on Maple; there is no Stop sign, the street sign is diagonally to your left).
Continue on Pine Street through the Stop sign.
Florence Mini-mall is on your left (Brooks Drug, Dairy Mart, etc.)
Arts and Industry building is on your right. (large factory building)

NAVIGATING THE BUILDING - ENTER through the Main East Entrance, go up the stairs to the second floor and turn left.

Parking is available in front of the building and in the Elks Lodge parking lot.
Continue past the A&I building to Stop sign. Turn right on Spring Street, right into the Elks parking lot and stay right. Park near bridge, and a short walk across the bridge to the party.

Smart Moves Pilates Studio | Arts & Industry Building | 221 Pine Street # 245 | Florence, MA 413-586-4442 | www.smartmovespilates.com ue Heffernan & JB Howard- 586-4442

The Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales
0226_apereading.jpg The Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales

The Welsh scholar and translator, John K. Bollard will be reading from his new translation of The Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales at 7:30pm, Wednesday, March 7, in the A.P.E. Gallery, Thornes Marketplace, Third Floor, 150 Main St., Northampton, Mass.

Drawing on ancient Celtic mythologies, these four interlaced tales, composed in Wales in the 11th century, are stories of heroism and heartbreak, of love and disloyalty, that for all their magic and mystery remain rooted in the emotional realities and moral complexities of everyday life. This new translation is beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs of many of the places named in the tales.

John Bollard is an editor, translator, and lexicographer living in Florence, Massachusetts.

For further information, call John Bollard, 413-584-2752, or A.P.E., Ltd., 413-586-5553, or see http://themabinogi.googlepages.com and www.apearts.org.

PAJAMA MOVIE MUSICAL NIGHT featuring The Wizard of Oz
at the Northampton Community Music Center! Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm
0226_w3iz.jpg Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages:

Dig out your ruby slippers, climb on your Horse of a Different Color, and come on over to our PAJAMA MOVIE MUSICAL NIGHT featuring The Wizard of Oz at the Northampton Community Music Center! (Oh, and make sure you bring your little dog, too.)

Join us at the Music Center on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm for a fun sing-a-long of a great classic. Bring your pillows, blankets, and singing voices to watch the movie in your PJs in our Recital Hall. We’ll provide the popcorn and the song sheets. Admission is by freewill donation.

To sign up, call us at (413) 585-0001, email sww@ncmc.net, or simply write your name on the sign-up sheet in the main lobby. If you like, sign up to bring a snack to share as well. (Suggestions: Lemondrops, munchkins, or poppyseed anything!) Hope to see you soon-- somewhere over the rainbow! ~Sarah ps. Save the Date: Our next PJ Movie Musical Night will be on May 2, when we’ll feature MARY POPPINS!

Anila Zaidi: College-Ruled Series
at the Northampton Center for the Arts, reception March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m, and will coincide with Northampton's monthly Arts Night Out.
0226_anila.jpg I am giving Anila this space to highlight her work which will be shown during Arts Night Out in Northampton because this is a special treat. I really like Anila and I really like her work and I am happy to give her this space for her first area solo show. ~Mo

Anila Zaidi: College-Ruled Series Tuesday, March 06, 2007 – Saturday, March 31, 2007

Zaidi, who describes herself as a largely self-taught artist, has moved around a lot "across the U.S. and overseas." Her college degree is in computer science and film. For the past decade, she has lived in various towns in Massachusetts, including Amherst, South Hadley and, now, Ludlow. She credits Elise Howell, her art professor at Springfield Technical Community College, with being her "great mentor."
Artist's Statement

My paintings begin as a rough connective doodle enduring revision upon revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent of the doodle. The final sketch is my painting and the painting is merely a scaled version of the final sketch.

My work is not exclusive to one movement. There clearly are contradictions in my paintings. Although I have been formally trained in art, my work is more aligned with primitivism, having stripped perspective and dimension. Yet, it is an informed, educated primitivism. I also work within the surrealist tenet—telling stories from my unconsciousness as my visual vocabulary unfolds.

Curiosity seeds the idea, which germinates invention, which flourishes society; I never intended to embark on this mission to “curiosize” the masses. Still, the process began when I first shared my “doodles” with friends. They stared, trying to decipher them, asking for the meaning. I realized I was witnessing the rebirth of their curiosity. My unconscious doodles elicited this. Empowered? Indeed.

I admit that many of these doodle-paintings began as sketches, created out of boredom during college classes. Creating a painting from my first doodle was one long self-awareness exercise. Normally doodles are random—mine are the contrary. I learned that my unconscious is comprised of many binary trees with analogies at every node. This is why the images of my paintings appear connected; they are symbols of an intense equation, much like the 80’s game show “Concentration,” I was entranced with as a child. If the viewer happens to solve my visual equation, I will not feel robbed. Quite the contrary: I have been trying to say all these things at the top of my voice although I may as well have been a mute. I admire Rosenquist’s work for such connective imagery. His paintings embody many of the same ideals I aspire to incorporate; “less is more,” the bullet theory of advertising and popular logos.

In my paintings, I retained the notebook paper background because of its association with the unconscious doodle. To strengthen this I only use common ink colors: blue, black and red, but how I use them is very decisive. Restricting myself to this palette as well as using space as another color is a reference and homage to the traditional Japanese style where simplicity is the focal point of a creation. In the western art school, Kara Walker has used this tenet while further exploring the power of negative space. Using silhouettes, many as large as her room-sized installation, Walker pummels this history of African-Americans to her captive audience. Out of esteem I plan to experiment with larger scales.

The artist's reception for this exhibition will be Friday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m, and will coincide with Northampton's monthly Arts Night Out.

So many things to see.
Coming Up On March 9 Visit 17 galleries, shops between 5 and 8 p.m.

Participating arts venues are:

Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor Arts; Artisan Gallery; Basha Oriental Rugs; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild Art Supply; R. Michelson Galleries; Northampton Center for the Arts; Old Court House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs; Smith College Museum of Art; The Naked Art Gallery; and William Baczek Fine Arts.

~~R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street has "Near & Far, A Retrospective, Robert Masla - 30 Years of Painting" in place for the Arts Night Out artist reception. Masla is an Ashfield artist who is known for his powerful, bold work. At Michelson’s you can also see “The Art of Dr. Seuss,” a joint venture with Springfield’s Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. In the 1950’s, author John Hersey suggested that children’s primers were boring and didn’t encourage children to learn to read. Hersey challenged Theodore Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, to write a story that "first graders wouldn’t be able to put down.” “The Cat in the Hat,” which has a vocabulary of 236 words, was published in 1957. The Seuss exhibition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book, features the original Cat in the Hat sketches and a large selection of additional Dr. Seuss limited edition artwork from the author’s estate.

~~A.P.E. Gallery, 150 Main Street, third floor, will be showing “Specimens of Hope,” an exhibition of wooden, calligraphic, sculptural forms by Mary Ann Kelly in Gallery 1. “Each piece is a journey—a transformation of local, natural and discarded materials refined into their true essence,” she says. More than 20 conceptual works comprised of watercolors, photography and etchings from the Fractal Ellipse Series by Nicholas Hondrogen are in Gallery 2.

~~Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, has works by two artists. Phil Lawrence, who says his “background as a builder—of houses, of theater sets or interior and exterior spaces—has influenced and is, in reality, inseparable from (my) work as a painter.” In addition, Williamsburg painter and printmaker, Sarah Belchetz-Swenson is presenting a selection of her paintings, drawings and prints. A graduate of Oberlin College, Belchetz-Swenson is a figurative painter and well-known portraitist whose subjects in the area have included Jill Ker Conway, Elizabeth Topham Kennan and, most recently, former Governor Jane Swift.

~~Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South Street, third floor, is showing the works of Anila Zaidi, who says she begins her work with “a rough connective doodle that endures revision upon revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent of the doodle."(The reception here is from 5 to 7 p.m.)

~~ Old Courthouse Gallery, 99 Main Street, has themed abstract works on canvas and paper by Patricia L. Jenks. This Holyoke artist uses a variety of mediums, including poured acrylic on canvas, paper, and collage of multiple thicknesses, to create abstract works.

~~Smith College Museum of Art, which is always open free on 4 to 8 p.m. on Arts Night Out, will have an art project designed for ages four and up and inspired by its current exhibition, Earthworks on Paper. In Hillyer Hall, across the courtyard from the museum, there will be a juried exhibition of student artworks that offers perspectives on the theme of environmental sustainability. Featured museum shows at present are “Beyond Green: toward a sustainable art” and “Earthworks on Paper.” Across Elm Street in the hall gallery of the Smith College Alumnae House prints and paintings by Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling are on display. There will be an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arts Night Out takes place, rain or shine, on the second Friday of each month year-round. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Smith College parking garage on West Street (Route 66). A map with description of participating galleries, studios and shops, are available at Arts Night Out locations and the Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant Street. There will be entertainment and refreshments at many venues. Take a walk and see the (arts) sights in Northampton.


Opening Reception: Friday, March 9th 5 - 7pm, during Northampton’s “Arts Night Out.”
New Work by Mary Ann Kelly

“Specimens of Hope” is an exhibition of wooden, calligraphic, sculptural forms on view in Gallery 1 of the A.P.E. Gallery, Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace from March 9 to April 1, 2007. Opening Reception: Friday, March 9th 5 - 7pm, during Northampton’s “Arts Night Out.”

The idea for “Specimens of Hope” began after 9/11. The wall mounted composition of “hieroglyphic” three dimensional forms is a reference point conveying sources of inner strength. The sculpture pictured is called “Oneness.” Also included in the meditative gallery space are gestural ladder forms.

In her wooden sculptural drawings Mary Ann Kelly uses contemporary, free flowing “brushstrokes” that have an archetypal presence. The tree-choking bittersweet vine provides a lyrical substance that is whittled down to its bone-like core. Each piece goes through a labor-intensive process to make it look naturally formed. First, the individual pieces of wood are scavenged and carefully edited, then stripped of bark and whittled down to their core, sanded, cut, redirected and reattached using mortise and tenon or dowels, sanded some more, and painted with a blending of colors.

"Each piece is a journey - a transformation of local, natural and discarded materials refined into its true essence. The ladder, for example, is a transitional and transcendental symbol - always exploring, reaching, and connecting, yet making time to stand still, rest and just be."


march 9th - April 1st 2007
Opening night reception, March 9th 2007 5-7pm

A.P.E., ltd. is pleased to present an exhibition of the Fractal Ellipse Series 2001-2007, works by artist Nicholas Hondrogen. This survey of over twenty conceptual works is his first Northampton show and is comprised of watercolors, photography and etchings. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 50-page fully illustrated color catalogue, featuring essays by Alison Pearlman and Jennie Klein from his most recent show in Santa Monica, California.

Nature creates its own fluid system of order through change. Art, the sciences, religion, philosophy, as well as numerous other disciplines, attempt to codify it, make it orderly, understandable, in spite of the fact that a large portion of the equation is missing or unknown. The entire body of Hondrogen’s work created over the past forty years - painting, sculpture, photography and film - reflects a method of working that embraces both sides of this equation.

Nicholas Hondrogen’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musee Nationale d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, the Monumental Sculpture Commission of Sainte Genvieve des Bois, the Septentrion, the Dartmouth College Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue Contemporary Art Collection, Barclay’s Bank of London and several private collections both is the US and Europe. Hondrogen lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts. His work can also be seen online at www.nicholashondrogen.com.

at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton
0226_YAH.jpg The Young @ Heart (Y@H) Chorus is pleased to announce three benefit screenings of the film "Young @ Heart", a musical documentary made for British television by Walker George Films Ltd.

The film, directed by Stephen Walker, will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7PM and Sunday, March 11 at 2PM and 7PM.

The filmmakers Stephen Walker and Sally George will speak at all three screenings.

100% of the donations will be split equally between the Academy of Music Theatre and the new Northampton Senior Center.These screenings at the Academy are made possible by the generous support of foundations and individuals in the community.

Donor Tickets for these benefit screenings of the film are a suggested $10 and can be purchased in advance at the State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper's Corner in Florence, The Northampton Council on Aging and the South Hadley and Amherst Senior Centers. For more information call 413-587-1300

For more info: Three Benefit Screenings of Young @ Heart a musical documentary

0226_EHO.jpg Art Walk Easthampton on March 10, 5-8 PM

This month's Art Walk Easthampton is sure to put a spring in your step. Look for the large, yellow banners outside each participating location or get your own printable map at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org.

On Saturday, March 10 from 5-8 PM come explore:
-- The Blue Guitar Gallery celebrates its grand opening with an exhibition of Karen Randall's oil paintings, Christina Svane's performance art, Bill O'Haire's guitar music and the collective imagination of the audience for a fully immersed experience. Because the Gallery is a little further out, it's open until 10 PM with performances beginning at 7 PM. Look for the Blue Guitar, across from the Post Office, at 186-D Northampton Street.

-- Elusie Gallery nears the end of its "Land Visions" group show that helps the Pascommuck Conservation Trust's campaign to Save Echodale Farm. See the works of 40 painting and photographic artists before the show ends. Elusie Gallery is in Old Town Hall, at the traffic rotary, 43 Main Street.

-- Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton hosts singer-songwriter Steve Biegner and photography by Jennifer Holmes. Steve is an Easthampton native who recently released his debut CD, "As the Orchestra Swells (the lights go out)." Enjoy his music from 5-6:30 PM. PACE is located at 41 Union Street.

-- Manhan Café hosts Easthampton artist Maggie Nowinski and her large scale peel paintings, which aesthetically and metaphorically reflect large scale billboards found in “natural” urban settings. Manhan Café is at 72 Union Street.

-- Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream hosts the colorful, playful works of Jeff Mack, children’s book illustrator and muralist. Jeff returns to the Art Walk his new book, “Hurry! Hurry!”, hot off the presses this month! Come feel like a kid again, surrounded by his bright acrylic paintings and the old-style candy and ice cream of Mt. Tom's, at 34 Cottage Street.

-- Nashawannuck Gallery introduces two shows. Northampton artist Yohah Ralph exhibits her large orginal signed paintings and smaller prints. And, Riverside Industry clients hold a group show of works that will surprise and inspire you. Nashawannuck Gallery is at 40 Cottage Street.

-- Quilts & Needlework That Go is a treasure trove of information and materials for fiber artists and crafters. Kathie Nowill and Helen Burgielewicz will individually help those who want advice on their projects. Quilts & Needlework is at 56 Cottage Street.

-- Valley Art Supplies showcases the photography of Easthampton native Scott “spark” LaRochelle. See how a recyclable 110 camera kicked off a lifelong interest in art that happens in the moment. Valley Art Supplies is at 76 Cottage Street.

-- ReMax Hill & Valley hosts the nature and architectural photography of Gina Lucido. ReMax is at 65 Cottage Street.

-- Crooked House Designs hosts Jane Morrison as she creates caricature drawings live in the store. Get a piece created for yourself on the spot and look through her traditional portraiture work as well. Crooked House Designs is at 86 Cottage Street.

-- Awen Tree holds the first on-site installation art exhibit of the Art Walk series. This group show, "Sacred Expressions," explores how inner reflections become outward journeys through a series of Altars set up around the space. Light refreshments will be served. Awen Tree is at 102 Cottage Street.

-- Off The Map Tattoo hosts Chicago twins Dan and Tim Plumley. These painters and tattooers work live during the Art walk. Watch the work being created at Off The Map Tattoo, 112 Cottage Street.

For more information about this month's artists and your own printable map, visit www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org

Bereavement Support Center is Hosting an Artist Exhibit and Reception
March 9th at Eastworks in Studio 252 at 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton from 5:30-7pm.
0226_grieving.jpg Bereavement Support Center is Hosting an Artist Exhibit and Reception

The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens will host an artist exhibit and reception on March 9th at Eastworks in Studio 252 at 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton from 5:30-7pm.

The exhibit will feature original artwork by participants currently in The Garden program, created with the guidance of three local artists. Marjorie Latham, Dennis Caraher and Beth Fischer volunteered their time and materials during two Garden sessions to teach the children their craft. All are welcome to attend this event and discover some of what happens at The Garden.

For nine years The Garden has been providing support groups and grief education to children, teens and their families whose lives have been disrupted by death. Working with the mediums of collage, fabric art and song, the children created unique pieces of art which will be displayed and performed at the artist exhibit and reception.

One participant writes this about her art, “I made a saddle because my mom liked to ride horses and I made it brown because brown was her favorite color.”

All are welcome to attend this event and discover some of what happens at The Garden. The reception is free. Refreshments provided by Big E Supermarket. For more information about this exhibit and reception, or The Garden, please call Shelly Bathe Lenn, Director at 413 584 7086 ext 124.

The following people have made generous donations toward the costs of this newsletter
0219_glenda.jpg Special thanks to the following for donations to this newsletter and in the name of my late co-host, Jamoka (1998-2006). He loves us now from another place.

Pics from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon Whitney.

If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get scatterbrained lately.

AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness Day, December 1st
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES (Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents Images of Growth – Prints from the Archive
March 1 -29, 2007
0226_zeamays.jpg The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents Images of Growth – Prints from the Archive

The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host a new print exhibition "Images of Growth – Prints from the Archive”. Exhibit dates are March 1 -29, 2007.

The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA. The phone number is 413.584.1783. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5, Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 - 5, and by appointment.

From exhibition curator Joyce Silverstone, “Liz Chalfin, director and founder of Zea Mays Printmaking, gave me the delightful task of curating a show from the studio archives. The archives are prints donated to the studio by artists working here or passing through in classes offered in new methods of safer and less toxic printmaking. I came into the studio on a cold winter day to open the print drawers and open my self to see what would start shaping into a show. While the studio filled with streaming light and a visiting intern came in to start work, and a new member was getting familiar with the feel of the presses, the helpful, generative field of being at Zea Mays struck me as the obvious theme for a show. The studio is growing and thriving in large part through Liz’s hard work and clear vision of what she wants: a place where artists and students can be creative and thrive.

I chose images that speak to me about growth and expansion. Some of the pieces became teachers for me: techniques that are intriguing or make me interested in the process; expanding my understanding. Others speak about growth in a poetic way responding to natural forms with a sensitive touch; expanding my awareness.

My hope is that the relationship between these prints and the vision that we aspire to will generate more growth and depth in our community of artists, in surprising and beautiful ways. Each artist working here contributes to the growth and depth of our knowledge. This show doesn’t represent every artist working here. These selected works are meant to celebrate and stand as metaphors for how we are growing. “

For more information contact Liz Chalfin or Joyce Silverstone at 413.584.1783

Pictured: Brian Cohen, drypoint, Carolyn Webb, collagraph

Wednesday, February 28, 8-9 AM on 103.3 FM
0226_brandonmo.jpg So, I have this radio show and I have been doing it for a bit and I don't really put it in the newsletter much because I feel like I shouldn't promote my own things here as it is a newsletter for you, but I think I need to start mentioning it because you all are my guests. Each week I have some one of you on who has an event coming up that week and we chat about it on the show. And it works pretty well. It's not a solid hour about you but definitely a lot of chat about you and your event and then I mention all the other arts events coming up that week. I don't take solicitations for events to mention, I just use my newsletter events, so please don't send me things to mention. You can call in and mention them but it's only an hour.

This week I have a special guest on who I thought it would be really interesting. I am having Brandon Butcher, Chief Meteorologist from Channel 3. Tune in at 8 am on Wednesday if you want to know all about what a meteorologist is/does/has to say. I am very curious about this meteorology thing myself so I can't wait to hear what meteorological secrets he has to share.

If you want to ever be on my show just email me. You must have a good sense of humor, understand that *most* of the show will be about you (I had a guest once say on air, "I thought this was supposed to be about ME", when I segued into another topic) but that we might talk about other things too, and you must be fun. That's all. It's like a chat at the kitchen table about art and stuff and my guest (you) and also other stuff. It's loose and informal and about all of us. But it's never a full hour about any one thing. And you get to bring your own music. Brandon will be bringing his fave music this week so tune in to www.valleyfreeradio.org, 103.3 FM, Wednesday the 28 from 8-9 AM (that's the morning).

March 1 - March 5, 2007
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York City, New York 10001

Click here for a free ticket.
Click here for more details.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)
0219_movie.jpg Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)

Directed by Yimou Zhang
Written by Yimou Zhang & Jingzhi Zou

Starring Ken Takakura as Gou-ichi Takata, Shinobu Terajima as Rie Takata, Jiamin Li as Li Jiamin.

Before Yimou Zhang began directing films at 37 he was a renowned cinematographer working with directors such as Chen Kaige so something common to all of his films that I’ve seen is the breathtaking imagery and this film is no exception. Filmed in China’s Yunnan province, not only the most culturally diverse but the most geographically stunning areas of China, one is confronted with frame after frame of spectacular beauty. This is as much a piece of work from the artist Yimou as the filmmaker Yimou. He was told that he could do anything that he wanted wherever he wanted with whomever he wanted and this is what he did. A simple story of a father coming to terms with his love for his son with whom he has become estranged. The only professional actor is Ken Takakura with the remainder of the cast predominately amateur. You would hardly know it. For one, Takakura is such a master that he is able to carry the entire film on his shoulders but all the other actors are so perfectly typecast that their lack of experience is well concealed. There is one scene where the residents of Stone Village hold a banquet in honor of Takakura’s character Takata who is visiting and it borders on the surreal as the table lined with villagers winds it’s way through the village seemingly without end. Yimou Zhang is a great artist of cinema and I am always delighted to see one of his films and look forward to seeing Curse of the Golden Flower where it appears that China untied it’s purse strings for their favorite son and stars one of Yimou’s preferred actresses, and mine, Gong Li. I am very curious to see what this filmmaker who is accustomed to small intimate sets does with such a monumental production.

That's the Northampton Center for the Arts
In the Galleries:

Works by Anila Zaidi~~~March 6 - 31, 2007
Zaidi, who describes her work as beginning with “a rough connective doodle that endures revision upon revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent of the (original) doodle,” is showing her work in the East Gallery in March. She describes herself as a largely self-taught artist who has moved around a lot "across the U.S. and overseas." Her college degree is in computer science and film. For the past decade, she has lived in various towns in Massachusetts, including Amherst, South Hadley and, now, Ludlow. The artist’s reception, which coincides with Northampton’s Arts Night Out, is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9.
~~Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.: Two Northampton High School groups made up of the “funniest actors and the finest singers” present their wares at a Funky-Tones Concert for the benefit of the Center. The program will feature improv theater by Funktionlust and a wide variety of pop, jazz, folk and more by the a cappella Northamptones. These two groups have entertained at First Night and elsewhere and now are bringing their humor and music to the Center for the very reasonable suggested donation of $5 at the door.

~~Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 –5:30 p.m.: The first in a series of cartooning workshops with Michael Cady for kids in grades 4-8. Participants will learn cartoon techniques, tips and tricks and find out how to create their own cartoons and characters. This six-week program costs $85, all materials included, and requires a non-refundable registration fee of $15. Call or drop by the Center (413) 584-7327 to register.

~~Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: The Sacred Harp Community will hold its Western Massachusetts Singing Convention in the Center's ballroom. This group promotes community-based singing from the Sacred Harp, which has been continuously in print since 1844 and is the backbone of one of this country’s oldest, most vital and soul-stirring musical traditions. You have to sing it to believe it, as they say. No experience is necessary. Actually it’s quite an experience just to watch and listen. You can come and go as you please. (The convention has no institutional, religious or political affiliation, but fosters the fellowship that sacred Harp singing engenders.)

~~Saturday, March 17, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.: An evening in Las Vegas—well, not really— but you can spend the evening at a Casino Night in the Center (and do a little St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, too). There will be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The evening’s proceeds will support Northampton Youth and Community Rowing. Tickets are $12 per person.

~~Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.: Ed the Balloon Man combines magic, comedy and balloon sculpting to bring excitement and laughter to the pre-school set. This event is one in a monthly series of the Young Peoples’ Performing Arts series funded by the Xeric Foundation. Children are admitted free; a $5 donation is accepted from parents.

~~ Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. to midnight: It’s the annual Sober Dance Party Extravaganza with NYC House DJ Bill Arnold; Rose Champagne, belly dancer extraordinaire; the all male Hairston House Dancers Revue; Mount Holyoke circus performers; Lord Russ does drag; and vocalist Johnny V. There is always a large turn out for this event, which raises funds for Hairston House for men and Grace House for women and their children. All main course dishes, hors d’oeuvres and desserts are included in the ticket price and are donated by area restaurants. Beverages are available for purchase. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day-of-show and are available from residents of either house or can be reserved by email putting "Sober Dance" in the subject line.

~~Sunday, March 25, 1- 3 p. m.: The Academy of Music Discussion Revisited : A second installment of the community discussion that began on February 17 will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone who is interested in thinking about the Academy’s future as well as the future of the arts, in general, in Northampton is invited to attend.

~~March 31, 8 p.m.: The Ha-Ha Sisterhood, Live and Uncensored ‘07! Comes with this warning: “We’re letting the cows out of the barn, all bets are off, pigs are flying and you’d better bring an extra pair of socks ‘cause we’re gonna knock ‘em off!” These improvisational comedians will make you laugh “until your cheeks hurt,” as they say, but they warn that the kids should stay home this time; this show is for grown-ups. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and there’ll be plenty at the door or you can check their Web site


The Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor at 17 New South Street in the Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons. Its office and galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For lots more about ongoing programs, renting the space, etc., visit our Web site or call (413)-584-7327.

email: ncfa@nohoarts.org | phone: 413-584-7327 | web: http://www.nohoarts.org

Arts & Health Care Workshop
Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 pm—5:30 pm
Next Arts & Health Care Workshop Scheduled for Worcester
Mark Your Calendars: Statewide Schedule of Workshops

State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) and State Representative Eric Turkington (D-Falmouth), Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, announced today the schedule for informational workshops on the new Health Care Law and its affect on artists and non-profit cultural organizations.

In partnership with the Joint Committee, the new Arts Health Care Coalition will present information and answer questions about the new law from health care experts with representatives of the state. The workshop is tailored to answer the questions and specific needs of artists, self-employed people and non-profit cultural organizations and their employees.

You can also visit the new Arts & Health Care Web Site for easy, user-friendly information:


Worcester—Feb. 28, Wednesday, 3:30—5:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Auditorium 1
19 Foster Street Worcester, MA 01608-1715

Berkshires—March 3, Saturday 10:30 am—12:30 pm, employers and human resource managers
1:30—3:30 pm, general audience
Unicorn Theatre
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Rt. 7 & Rt. 102
Stockbridge, MA

Lynn/North Shore—March 7, Wednesday 6:30 pm—8:30 pm Lynn Arts
25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901

Boston—March 14, Wednesday
3:00—5:00 pm, employers and human resource managers
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Calderwood Pavilion
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street Boston, MA

New Bedford—March 28, Wednesday
6:30 pm—8:30 pm
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740-6398

All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Arts Health Care Coalition was formed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH); the Artists Foundation and ArtistLink to address health care issues in the cultural community.

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE NOW IN EASTHAMPTON - The Blue Guitar Gallery in Easthampton is a shared workspace and gallery. It is 410 sq. ft. on the inside, and there's also a small space 120 sq. ft., carpeted available. $200 month includes utilities and the right to a private or shared show twice a year. There's also a nice hall and reception area for hanging work. Since I need to keep the walls clean for showing, I'm looking for artists who work on easels or tables, not too messy. It's on the ground floor, at 186 D Northampton Street (Rte. 10), just over the line from Northampton. It's opposite the post office. The grand opening will be March 10, during Art Walk Easthampton!

Contact Christie Svane at csvane@comcast.net, 413-247-9454, www.theblueguitar.org

"A.R.T.S. Anonymous is a 12 step recovery group for artists of all kinds and at all levels. We meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8pm in Room 230 at Wright Hall on the Smith College campus. No dues or fees. For more information call 413.527.5215 or visit their website, http://artsanonymous.org/."

Northampton Playwright's Lab at Forbes Library

Northampton Playwrights' Lab is a group for playwrights of all levels of experience and everyone is welcome. Participants can sign up to bring their work-in progress (short plays, one-acts, and full-length) to be read aloud by other lab members or actors. Members will offer one another constructive feedback, support, and criticism in the development of new plays. The group does occasional public performances.

The NPL meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 in the Watson Room. For further information, please contact Meryl Cohn: msbehavior@aol.com

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NOTE: I cull this information from many sources and it is really time consuming to add it and format each line of text. So I apologize if at times there is expired information here. Some weeks I don't have time to get to this section. I feel like it's more important to use the time I have to post your event. Thanks for your understanding.~Mo

Local Color story deadline, March 15
Local Color, an annual collection of stories by people age 65 and older living in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties of Western MA, is now collecting stories for issue due out in June 2007. Limit: 1500 words. No poems, only "stories of life as you remember it." One story per author. Deadline: March 15, 2007. Email editor@localcolormemoirs.com or Local Color, PO Box 116, Montague, MA 01351 Writers receive one free copy and retain all rights to their work after one time publication. See www.localcolormemoirs.com for past issues.

Entry Deadline: March 13, 2007 - Call for Entries – Watermark 2007, Works on Paper The Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina has announced a national call to artists for Watermark 2007 - Works on Paper, April 2 - 24, 2007.

Eligibility: Artists must be 18 or older. Framed or matted work. Must be on paper or made of paper, framed or matted; maximum size 24” x 36” matted or framed.
Juror: Soni Martin. Awards: 1st-$400, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100. Entry fee $25 for three images. For an entry form, send SASE to Studio 107, P.O. Box 2265, Whiteville, NC 28472. For additional information contact David McCormick at dmccormick@sccnc.edu, or 910-642-7141, ext. 237.

Postmark deadline: March 16, 2007 - National Juried Competition - Works of Art on Paper Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is accepting entries for its National Juried Competition - Works of Art on Paper, June 30 - July 26, 2007.
Juror: Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art. Cash awards will be presented. For an entry form, send SASE to Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, New Jersey 08008 or gallery@lbifoundation.org

Seeking visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR 402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org OR info@KHNCenterfortheArts.org

Deadline - Ongoing *Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for Exhibitions, CT Three Rivers Community College in Norwich Connecticut is accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No fee. For consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage to: Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College, Thames Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 / SJeknavorian@trcc.commnet.edu

Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking tour of arts and culture, has added a proposal page to its website where visual, music and performance artists can outline what they would like to show or perform if given the opportunity.

All the locations that participate in Art Walk Easthampton can view the submissions for possible inclusion in an upcoming event. The talent describes the work, provides images, identifies the types of venues they would like to be in, the dates they are available and provides contact information. If there's a match between the submission and the venue's interest, the venue contacts the talent directly to handle booking arrangements.
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org and is open to all local and regional artists.

An offer from Joe Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds who generously would like to have artists display their work there. (Downtown Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the Pleasant St. Theater)

The window is quite large, and has three panels, each one about 6' X 6', and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight in the morning; the heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it inappropriate to display most musical instruments.

However, the sunlight doesn't hurt most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I normally pay $150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a consignment agreement for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art is for sale and we manage to sell some of it.

The artwork can be freestanding, lean against a wall at the back of the window that's about three feet high, or (if it's not heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when the art can have a musical theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly visible commercial location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not have themes which could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the window is so large.

If one of your readers is interested in displaying in this context, please have them contact me via email: musician@downtownsounds.com, or via phone at 413- 586-0998.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image Registry The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest public funder of arts and culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist slide registry is an up-to-date and important component of the Program. The registry is consulted by the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each project. The Percent for Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the registry for each panel meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual artist residing in the United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/ slide_reg.shtml

How links work. I have decided to make them reciprocal links since I do this newsletter for free. So, add me to your links on your site and I will add you here. One day when I have time I might just go through and be sure that all links here link back to www.moringey.com and then i might remove them. I just think life is loveliest when there is reciprocity in the spirit of give and take and not just take.

Dana Wilde Arts
christin couture/william hosie
Annie Bissett
Ellen Augarten Photography
Terry Rooney
Bruce Barone
Ben Caras
Ben Banville
Rhoda Juels
Gineen Lee Cooper
Robert Aller
Gary Jacobs
Maggie Nowinski
Artists @ Open Square
Pol Turgeon
Frank Ward
Frank Ward again!
The Painted Caravan
Derek Goodwin
Northampton Arts Council
Lisa Leary
Beth Fischer Studio
Red Horse Press
Jeff Mack
Jill Turner Video
Amy "Bannerqueen" Johnquest
Dianna Stallone Designs
Lynn Peterfreund
Cynthia Guild
Maureen Scanlon's Peace Ribbon Project
Photography by Jon Whitney
Fine woodworking art by Peter Dellert
Sculpture by Jim Doubleday
The Canal Gallery Building
Stone Soup Concrete
The Northampton center for the Arts
The Art of Dean Nimmer
The Watkins Gallery
Kathleen Trestka
Zea Mays Printmaking Studio
Lisa Scollan
Deborah Kruger
Sally Curcio
Tom Morton
Jeff DeRose
Claudia Sperry
Michael Martindell
Michael Richardson
Smart Moves Pilates
Singer/Songwriter Diane Falcone
Rhymes With Orange
The Massachusetts Review
EJ Barnes- Cartoons, mandalas, and animation
The O-Tones
Holly Murray
The Invisible Fountain.com
Jan O'Highway
The Art Farm Project UK
Bob Markey
Briana Taylor
Rebecca Graves
Tony Kord
Save Darfur
Michael Kuch
Anila's college ruled art
Lillianna Pereira
Linda Batchelor
Stephanie Cramer
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Cottage Street Studios
Lynn Latimer Glass
Easthampton City Arts
Julian Halpern/Steelhead Studios
Elizabeth Solomon Fine Art
Betsy Dawn Williams

Unfortunately due to stuff I can't comprehend, the PayPal button has to say, "Buy Now", rather than "donate". I want it to say "Hello Sweetheart!"
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If this button does not work you may have to try another browser. sigh. You don't really get Tammy Faye's album. I just liked her picture.

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I think a lot of people still have my old arts & industry address as postcards get forwarded to me but I think that may expire soon.



Next week: Ceramics classes at the Lichtenstein!
Master potter Jim Horsford once again offers wheelworking clases in the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts basement ceramics studio. All materials are included, along with small class sizes and lots of personal attention. A great way to create something beautiful with your hands, and, they say, therapeutic too! Your choice of Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4pm or 6:30pm for eight week sessions.

Begins Tuesday, February 27 & Thursday, March 1 | 4pm or 6:30pm | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave | 243-3261| $85 If this was forwarded to you, click here to sign up for your own free weekly subscription to Cultural Pittsfield This Week!